A new season of Black Mirror is out and today I talk about the first episode and what I’ve noticed about people who tend to be the most critical of technology in a Black Mirror-esque fashion. I also share a new activity I’ve been doing after reading James Altucher’s book “Choose Yourself” where I try to write down 10 original ideas every day.
My 10 ideas:
1) Vibrating earbuds as an alarm clock
2) Sound pollution apartment buying guide - reference distances and Google traffic
3) AR historical filters - landmark overlays photo from 1800s
4) Aliens would think dogs speak English or human languages
5) Pollution and global warming will be solved in 50 years
6) Tech is natural. If it isn’t, cave paintings aren’t natural
7) Surgical drones
8) Automated nanobots that order ingredients for you
9) Weather app that recommends outfits
10) Wikipedia for college courses
Peter Thiel managed to trigger the tech industry without uttering a single word. He merely donated $1.25 million to Donald Trump. Today I discuss how the industry reacted to this news and I give a serious libertarian case in favor of Donald Trump for this year’s election.
Ellen Pao and Thiel: https://medium.com/projectinclude/peter-thiel-yc-and-hard-decisions-2b91bab83764
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on “dark secrets”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PCnZqrJE24&feature=player_embedded
Zuckerberg wanting to work with Hillary: http://heatst.com/politics/wikileaks-facebook-zuckerberg/
Eric Schmidt and Hillary: http://qz.com/520652/groundwork-eric-schmidt-startup-working-for-hillary-clinton-campaign/
Today I discuss two stories - one I believe was blown out of proportion and the other which was barely talked about. I end by giving my choice on who I want to win this election.
Yahoo discrimination against men: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/sacked-male-executive-suing-yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-discrimination-1585644
The Right to Discriminate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELEvlLgCslg
Move over thoughtcrime. Followcrime is here. Earlier this week Motherboard tweeted, “Guess how many women Elon Musk follows on Twitter? Hint: same number of people currently on Mars”. Yes, people are actually complaining about who Elon follows on Twitter. If you’re a CEO in tech watch your back because you’re no longer responsible for what you say or think. Now it’s who you publicly follow. The Daily Show recently did a skit mocking the freedom in North Carolina for private businesses to discriminate against customers. I argue in favor of this right.
Motherboard’s tweet: https://twitter.com/motherboard/status/783323293461995520
Huffington Post Discrimination: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/daily-show-no-gays-food-truck_us_57f3b380e4b0703f7590ee42
The Department of Labor is filing a lawsuit against tech company Palantir for discriminating against Asians. Asians are rarely, if ever, considered a minority. With Peter Thiel leading the company, could there be a political motive behind this lawsuit? It doesn’t seem that unreasonable considering the week Oculus VR founder Palmer Lucky has had after The Daily Beast discovered he had donated to a conservative non-profit developing memes to attack Hillary Clinton. Is there any room at all for conservatives or Trump supporters in tech?
SpaceX Interplanetary Transport System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qo78R_yYFA
Princeton and SAT scores: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-adv-asian-race-tutoring-20150222-story.html
DOL lawsuit against Palantir: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/27/technology/us-accuses-tech-firm-of-bias-against-asian-software-engineers.html
Dustin Moskovitz “Compelled to Act”: https://medium.com/@moskov/compelled-to-act-1413930041ee
Diversity advocates often say their fight for diversity is backed by science. The saying goes, diversity leads to an overall performance boost. So why isn’t there a push for diversity of political affiliation? And why does science only apply when it doesn’t conflict with their worldview?
Ben Shapiro Tweet: https://twitter.com/benshapiro/status/776548646628106240
Twitter suspends SAFE Movement: https://twitter.com/LaloDagach/status/778333686248968192
Academia’s Rejection of Diversity: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/opinion/academias-rejection-of-diversity.html
Ladies is Gender Neutral: http://blog.alicegoldfuss.com/ladies-is-gender-neutral/
This past weekend I finally got to experience virtual reality with the HTC Vive. I’ve been looking forward to VR since I was a little kid and even with my high expectations it did not disappoint at all.
My blog post “In Defense of Douglas Crockford”: http://atom-morgan.github.io/in-defense-of-douglas-crockford
Nodevember’s statement: http://nodevember.org/statement.html
“Why I won’t be speaking at conferences with Douglas Crockford anymore.”: https://medium.com/@nodebotanist/why-i-won-t-be-speaking-at-conferences-with-douglas-crockford-anymore-61bc29f028c8#.h70hvmpzb
Kass’ talk at Nodevember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBRGMcdAKzs
“Stepping down as Nodevember organizer”: http://www.kevinold.com/2016/09/05/stepping-down-as-nodevember-organizer.html
The Stupidity of Diversity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8O885Zx8CE
There are billions of stars in our galaxy. Many are older than Earth. Some of these stars will have habitable zones with the potential for Earth-like planets and intelligent life forms. So where is everybody? Today I talk about the Fermi paradox, why I think we haven’t interacted with extraterrestrial lifeforms, and why they’ll have no interest in talking with us even if we could communicate with them.
TheAmazingAtheist tweet: https://twitter.com/amazingatheist/status/770322534826934272
Voyager Golden Record: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/bd/Voyager_Golden_Record_fx.png
Kurzgesagt’s The Fermi Paradox (Part 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNhhvQGsMEc
Kurzgesagt’s The Fermi Paradox (Part 2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fQkVqno-uI
25 years ago the Internet opened to the public. In such a short amount of time we’ve become so dependent on our creation. The newest, scariest, and emerging product of this creation is artificial intelligence. What types of AI exist today and how does it compare to humans? Is intelligence necessary to be as good as or better than humans? Will AI destroy the human race?
25 years of the Internet: https://twitter.com/norm/status/768154713992916992/photo/1
Over the weekend, I created and published my first “vlog” in response to Snapchat’s controversial Asian filter. Everyone is looking for racism these days where it obviously doesn’t exist. This filter and Ellen DeGeneres’ recent tweet with Usain Bolt are great examples. I had a lot of fun making the video so I think I’ll probably continue doing more of these in the future. I also discuss universal basic income (UBI) and why I don’t think it will lead to the utopian outcome many people expect.
Is Snapchat’s Asian Filter Racist?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2311GOc1M
Ellen DeGeneres’ tweet: https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/765303894159208448
My first digital drawing: http://imgur.com/i885DPB
While I was at the gym the other day catching up on my favorite podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, Justin Wren, a professional MMA fighter, shared his experience being bullied as a teenager in school. It hit home for me. So today I share the most humiliating moment from my childhood and how I think schools do very little to help those who are bullied by taking away their freedom to help themselves.
Joe Rogan Experience #826 - Justin Wren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBlXxfoGkpU
Yesterday I went to Advance Auto Parts in the ghetto near my apartment and had a hilarious experience with black on black racism. This week I started my new job and I take a minute to reflect on coworkers I’ve had in the past and a trend I’ve noticed very few people want to accept: In a time where privilege is a predictor of success, how are immigrants are able to make it in America?
Joe Rogan and me: https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/759261978288332800
Gavin McInnes tweet: https://twitter.com/Gavin_McInnes/status/759598000968724480
Walter Williams Affirmative Action Bake Sale: http://beta.deseretnews.com/article/967063/Affirmative-Action-Bake-Sale-makes-tasty-point.html?pg=all
Today I chat with a good friend and former co-worker Trey “Codeschneider” Schneider. Similar to me and a previous guest on my show, Kyle Cline, Trey entered the tech industry as an outsider when he worked with the both of us at a startup around 2 years ago. Since then, Trey has been expanding his skillset and recently quit his job to build and launch his own web product -Biddybomb. Trey and I discuss what it’s like entering the industry as outsiders, the pros and cons of being a web developer, and also share some lessons we’ve learned that we wish we knew when we were first starting out.
Codeschneider on Twitter: https://twitter.com/codeschneider
My good friend Kyle Cline joins me for the second time on my podcast. Today we discuss the craziness of the Republican National Convention, Hillary Clinton, and how American politics will play out for the rest of the year. We also share experiences with Pokemon Go, how geo-fencing could make it better, and how Bitcoin and the blockchain could create scarcity within the game. Finally, I end with a few thoughts about Twitter’s latest suspension of Milo Yiannopoulos.
Vaporeon Pokemon Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLdWbwQJWI0
Leslie Jones Tweet: https://twitter.com/Lesdoggg/status/564664734268411906?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
It’s 2016 and Pokemon has taken over America again in the form of Pokemon Go. It’s only been out a week but I cover some of the benefits and downsides we’re seeing already. As if Pokemon in 2016 wasn’t crazy enough, Slack employee Erica Baker has taken tech progressivism to new levels by calling in to work for being…black! That isn’t a typo.
“Calling in black”: https://medium.com/race-condition/processing-e8bc638aae1a#.c3kdh5iv6
“I’m too old for Snapchat.” I’ve heard more people saying this lately. What’s even crazier is they say it with a sense of pride. I give my thoughts on why it’s stupid to think you’re too old for any technology.
In case you haven’t heard, FBI Director James Comey recommends no charges for Hillary Clinton. I saw it everywhere. Twitter. Reddit. CNN. Everywhere except…HackerNews. What’s going on?
Paul Graham: http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html
Us vs. Them comic: http://i.imgur.com/IwCXBXY.jpg
BreitbartTech - HackerNews Censorship: http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/07/05/hacker-news-censors-clinton-email-server-stories-from-homepage/
My HackerNews submission (comparison between accounts): https://twitter.com/atommorgan/status/750704466412855296
I start off with a quick update about a guest on my show who gave me a gift which I’ll be using in my podcast studio! I also discuss (spoiler free) the Game of Thrones finale this weekend and what the show’s level of violence means for our future including a future filled with virtual reality. I end with a rant about the tech industry, being a [demographic] in tech, and filtering false information about the industry in general.
Podcast with Emily Miller: http://theadammorganshow.libsyn.com/15-emily-miller
Lexy Panterra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK_e5_fKtIo
Jessica Livingston and The Macro: http://themacro.com/articles/2016/06/how-not-to-fail/
Salary vs. rent for tech employees in California: http://blog.onradpad.com/sftechworkersrent/
I wrote a programming tutorial for the website scotch.io! This is a milestone in my programming career and I share a few thoughts on why I’m happy to have it published. I recently purchased a Google Cardboard and talk about some of the VR that’s available today at an affordable price. Finally I share some thoughts I have on the digital world we’re entering and new ways of creating content in a world where scarcity is rarely a hurdle.
Google Cardboard: https://vr.google.com/cardboard/index.html
A few examples of CounterStrike skins: http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:150,f_auto,fl_lossy,q_80/v1/gameskinnyop/8/a/8/orig_8a8db5d1f60b2ab6e2723af979e41d6a.jpg
Diversity Tweet: https://twitter.com/sean_a_rose/status/744227138342051840
Today I had the pleasure to chat with the Atlanta-based YouTube political commentator ThatGuyT! If you listened to prior episodes you may remember me attending an event to see Milo Yiannopoulos speak at Emory University. While I was there I met ThatGuyT and he was more than willing to join me on the show.
We discuss how and why he got started making YouTube videos, libertarianism, the current election, Black Lives Matter, and the current state of American universities.
Be sure to check out ThatGuyT on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook through the links below.
I recently applied a principle of computer science to my real life thanks to the podcast “Note to Self". It showed me how much time I and many others waste managing and organizing our email. I also discuss the “10x developer” within tech and why a difference in productivity that large isn’t that unrealistic. Finally, I finish by mansplaining the Stanford rape case.
After a quick recap/nerd out session where I talk about ELeague and eSports I talk about one my biggest concerns with tech: information overload. I break down how the Internet alters our perspective on the world making the average person pessimistic and why it’s important to keep the scale and frequency of this data in mind.
BBC (Hans Rosling) - http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24836917
Overestimating LGBT numbers: http://www.gallup.com/poll/183383/americans-greatly-overestimate-percent-gay-lesbian.aspx
Today my second guest and good friend Emily Miller joins me on the show irl. We discuss everyone’s hatred of Donald Trump, the corruption of Hillary Clinton, PC universities, libertarianism, and socialized healthcare. Basically everything.
Today I talk about the landscape of the job market in tech and who has the bargaining power in the company - recruiter - employee relationship. I also talk about how modern PC culture is an attempt at codifying manners and social interaction. Finally, is technology and the Internet a natural product of human beings?
Trump is the Republican nominee - are we finally starting to doubt our political system? Should America split up into 7 mega-regions? Are dogs sexually frustrated? I also discuss an argument I had on Twitter with Anil Dash and Facebook’s bias against conservative news.
NY Times America regions article
Twitter argument with Anil Dash
Realities of Virtual Reality